Endgame a Marvel-ous boost for cinema coffers

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Max Fullarton and Conor O’Keefe are Avengers enthusiasts.
Camera IconMax Fullarton and Conor O’Keefe are Avengers enthusiasts. Credit: Picture: Jessica Cuthbert

Let’s talk Avengers: Endgame.

Don’t panic — there will be no spoilers ahead.

For those who have not seen the latest Avengers film, which premiered last Wednesday, Orana Cinemas Albany manager Memo Cardoza has one thing to say: What are you waiting for?

Mr Cardoza said the box office record-breaker had been the Albany cinema’s most popular and talked-about film.

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Last week was the busiest he had ever seen the cinema, with thousands coming through the doors.

“I would say it’s been more popular than the latest Star Wars, but I can’t tell until the end of showing,” he said.

“Since the weekend we have booked out our Bogarts (Gold Class) seats. Every evening it has been sold out, and of course the premier sold out in both 3-D and 2-D.”

The film has been showing in three theatres in the evenings since the premiere, with nearly 400 seats between them.

Staff members said people had been turned away because of the movie’s popularity.

“More than 3000 people have come through since the premiere,” Mr Cardoza said.

“It’s been our busiest week.”

“For the Star Wars premiere we had three screens for the opening then went back to one, but for this one we have had to keep showing it on three screens for the evening shows.”

He said it had been great to see people looking so satisfied as they walked out of the theatre.

“People come up to the candy bar to get drinks and food and I say, ‘why aren’t you watching the film?’ and they tell me it’s the third time they have seen it,” he said. And what did Mr Cardoza think of the movie?

“I love it,” he said.

“It fills in the all the gaps.

“It was brilliant.”

Sounds Marvel-ous — pun intended.

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